Basic Humor Process: A Cognitive-Shift Theory and the Case Against Incongruity

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Presents and defends a new theory of humor (theory L) covering all types of humor, and provides the foundations for a full account of the global (entire) phenomenon of humor. The theory might be said to have its roots in Arthur Koestler's theory of humor. The treatise presents and defends its thought, defines incongruity theory, the theory in opposition to theory L, and argues against it. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783110161038
  • Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
  • Publication date: 10/1/1998
  • Series: Humor Research [HR] Series, #5
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Preliminaries 1
Ch. 1 The mystery of humor and sundry further matters 3
Ch. 2 The fundamental question of humor theory 28
Pt. 2 Theory L and reason to conclude it is true 35
Ch. 3 Theory L 37
Ch. 4 The laughter of humor, relaxation, and pleasure 50
Ch. 5 The inapplicability of standard criticisms of "relief" theories 60
Ch. 6 The explanatory power of theory L 68
Pt. 3 Incongruity theory and reason to conclude it is unsound 99
Ch. 7 Incongruity theory and the concept of incongruity 101
Ch. 8 First probe of incongruity theory: two complementary arguments 126
Ch. 9 Second probe of incongruity theory: its collapse into cognitive-shift theory 136
Ch. 10 Third probe of incongruity theory: its lack of explanatory power 154
Ch. 11 Fourth probe of incongruity theory: sundry arguments and points 202
Pt. 4 Further development 219
Ch. 12 Kant and Koestler on humor 221
Ch. 13 The ultimate incongruity thesis and concluding reflections 231
Summary of the case for theory L 237
References 239
Permissions 243
Index 247
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